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When to Repair Vs. When to Replace

The term “replacement” is kind of a boogeyman in the HVAC industry. Homeowners want to keep running their air conditioners for as long as possible because they know that replacement costs a lot more money than a quick repair. While in theory this makes sense, in practice it actually doesn’t.

Replacement is an expensive service, but that’s because it’s built for long-term solutions that actually save money down the line. If your air conditioner has reached its limit, is beyond its standard life expectancy, or it’s just not working properly, replacement services are actually going to be better than an air conditioning repair in Covington, LA.

Don’t worry, we’re going to break it down. We’ll talk all about when you should start thinking of replacement rather than repair. Keep this nifty guide handy so you’ve got something to reference as you check the condition of your AC.

Repairs Can Work

We want to first start off by saying that you should absolutely get your air conditioner repaired if it requires the work. Always default to thinking that repairs are a good idea if your system is regularly maintained, below the maximum life expectancy, and if it’s otherwise working well. After all, these are the most important metrics to determine the condition of your system.

Here’s a quick list of reasons to call us for repairs.

  • There’s a specific noise or targeted problem that’s hampering your air conditioning or the system’s efficiency.
  • There’s a foul odor or something wrong with the otherwise cool air the system is producing.
  • It’s still covered under warranty and you’d like a professional to take a look at the system.

These are great reasons to start thinking about repairing your system. However, if your situation doesn’t apply to these points, then keep reading and think about replacement.

Here’s When You Should Replace Your System

Let’s face it, not everyone is in an ideal situation when it comes to their air conditioning. Some systems are old, outdated, and downright barely working. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider replacing the system entirely.

  • It’s old. Air conditioners only last 10-15 years before their efficiency rates begin to rapidly decline and part replacements become mandatory.
  • It’s inefficient. Take a look at your bills and let us know if you see a noticeable increase in the past few years. It could be due to natural system wear and tear, which can be fixed entirely with a system replacement.
  • It’s not working properly. What’s the point of paying for air conditioning if it doesn’t keep your home cool and comfortable? A replacement can ensure that your home stays at the proper temperature.
  • It requires frequent repairs. Frequent repairs, like a repair every year, signal the need to replace your system.
  • It requires an expensive fix or a major component replacement. If your air conditioner has broken down and it requires a compressor replacement, or some other expensive component to be replaced, it might be more cost-effective to replace the entire system in the long run.

When you need it done right, call Professional Heating & Air.

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